From the Black Sea to the North Sea

Offer

Price per person
from £5,240

Price based on
London Heathrow
8th Aug 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any European holiday before 30 November and we will include free airport lounge passes for your party, so you can relax and start your holiday in style.

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  • 24 days

  • Romania

  • River cruise

This deluxe Danube River cruise from the Danube Delta to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge on the Lower Danube and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, as well as the eclectic rock formations of Belogradchik, and the grand attractions of Budapest. In Regensburg we'll introduce you to some of Germany's famous beers and wines of the Wachau Valley in Austria, before sightseeing along the elegant boulevards of Vienna. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and round off your holiday with a relaxing cruise along the canals of Amsterdam.

At a glance


Vienna Guided sightseeing around the former home city of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss
Budapest Guided sightseeing of Hungary's cosmopolitan capital including Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.
Amsterdam Canal Cruise Discover the treasures of this iconic city on a canal cruise along its elegant grachten.

North Sea to the Black Sea - Bucharest to Amsterdam map

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Total meals included:

  • 23 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 22 dinners

Bucharest

Day
1

Fly to Bucharest where you will be met and transferred to the Athénée Palace Hilton hotel (or similar) for one night.

No meals included

Bucharest - Fetesti (Embarkation)

Day
2

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Much recent history has taken place in Romania's capital city, and its wide, tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—built in 1922 to honour the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI—have gained it the name 'Paris of the East'. During your included tour this morning, see the main sights including Royal Palace Square, was the scene of riots in 1989, which led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. Later, a coach ride takes you to Fetesti, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St Gheorghe

Day
3

Included today: Danube Delta excursion; see 'Km 0'. Arrive in St Gheorghe early this morning. After breakfast, join an excursion by small boat into the Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best preserved of Europe's deltas, hosting over 300 species of birds and 45 species of freshwater fish. The Danube stretches 2,845km from its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea. Km markings can be seen on the banks along the length of the river and today you can celebrate the end of the Danube's journey at 'Km 0'.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cernavoda

Day
4

Included today: Choice of full or half day excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing and visit to Natural History & Archaeological Museum. From Cernavoda this morning, a excursion takes you to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. A certified local guide shows you the highlights of this city and a visit of the Natural History and Archaeological Museum is included. This afternoon relax on board as you cruise westward towards Rousse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rousse

Day
5

Included today: Veliko Târnovo guided sightseeing and Ethnographical Museum and Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, or Rousse guided sightseeing. Dock this morning in Rousse, Bulgaria's largest inland port. A comfortable coach ride away is the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the Royal Fortress, palaces, and the Patriarch's church. With your Local Guide, discover this town that played an important role in Bulgaria's history. Then, journey to Arbanassi. Founded in the 15th century, the historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture and its Ethnographical Museum, a 400-year-old house preserved as a museum. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest churches in Arbanassi, and see its outstanding collection of frescoes. If you do not wish to participate in the full-day excursion, you may choose to remain on board and join an included sightseeing tour of Rousse after breakfast. At lunchtime, sail for Svistov, where excursion participants will re-join the ship.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vidin

Day
6

Included today: Guided sightseeing to Vidin's fortress; excursion to Belogradchik. Today, enjoy a leisurely morning of sailing before arriving in Vidin, an important Danube port in north-western Bulgaria. Its medieval fortress, known as 'Baba Vidin', is the town's primary landmark. It served as Vidin's main defensive installation during the course of the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. It is now a fortress museum and has been restored to its former appearance. In nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. Sculpted by natural elements for more than 200 million years and with a variety of sizes and shapes, the Belogradchik Rocks are spectacular.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Iron Gates Gorge

Day
7

Included today: Cruise the Iron Gates Gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site. More spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe's Alps in the northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast, that forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania. This afternoon, dock at Donji Milanovac and drive to the Lepenski Vir Exhibition Centre, a rich archaeological site that also offers unique, striking views of the Danube Gorge.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Belgrade

Day
8

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Reaching the Serbian capital Belgrade, set at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers, a local expert will show you its main sights including St Sava, the world's largest Orthodox Church, and the city's principal landmark: Kalemegdan Fortress, which showcases the history of Belgrade. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, the fortress witnessed many battles and observed the courage of those trying to defend the city from conquerors. The surrounding park is the largest and most beautiful in Belgrade. There's free time to enjoy the city centre's lively pedestrian area and charming outdoor cafés. This afternoon, a fascinating on board lecture introduces the Balkan region.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Mohács

Day
9

Relax on board this morning before arriving in Mohács, the first stop in Hungary. After lunch, an included excursion takes you to Pécs. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, this was a flourishing and important town for Christianity by the 4th century. These early Christians left behind many underground burial chambers with memorial chapels above ground. With a Local Guide, visit the underground tombs—now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site—many of which have splendidly decorated murals with Christian themes. Later, enjoy an organ concert. Pécs is also a rich showcase of Turkish architecture and home to Turkish mosques, striking churches, and an enjoyable atmosphere around its restaurants and cafés.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budapest

Day
10

Included today: On board wine tasting. Today enjoy a leisurely morning of sailing, before reaching the country’s capital. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palpable. On an included tour with your Local Guide, see Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion—with spectacular views of the city—and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budapest

Day
11

You have time this morning to explore Budapest further. Perhaps visit St. Stephen's Basilica for marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform. This afternoon, set sail for Bratislava.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bratislava - Vienna

Day
12

Included today: Bratislava guided sightseeing; Schloss Hof Palace. This morning, dock in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Today's sightseeing with a Local Guide will introduce you to the charming Old Town and its Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit the Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. Later, set sail for Vienna, stopping to visit the Schloss Hof Palace on the way.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna

Day
13

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Vienna, known as the 'City of Music', inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna is a showcase of gilded architecture. See the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ring Boulevard and awe-inspiring St Stephen's Cathedral on a guided tour. Shop on the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a local café. An optional concert is available during your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dürnstein - Grein

Day
14

Included today: Guided walks in Dürnstein and Grein. Cruise through the heart of the picturesque Wachau Valley wine region to Dürnstein, known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. A Local Guide will take you on a walking tour of the town and tell you the tale of the castle ruins perched overlooking the town, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. This afternoon, cruise to the attractive country resort of Grein, nestled at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle. Join a Local Guide for a guided walk to admire the turreted houses on the main square. Its castle is the oldest residential castle in Austria, and its theatre, built in 1791, is Austria's oldest theatre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Linz

Day
15

Included today: Guided walk. Arriving before lunch, your Local Guide will introduce you to Linz, Austria's third-largest city and an important river port. See the 13th century Hauptplatz, Austria's largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column. Alternatively, join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Regensburg

Day
16

Included today: Guided walk; beer tasting Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights on your guided walk this morning include the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria - gates to the Roman fort built in 179AD. Enjoy a tasty snack at Germany's oldest restaurant, the 12th century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen). After dinner sample some of Germany's famous beers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nuremberg

Day
17

Included today: Choice of guided sightseeing or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour. This afternoon is dedicated to Nuremberg. Although 90% of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Choose from a guided sightseeing tour and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized Nuremberg Rally grounds tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bamberg

Day
18

Included today: Guided sightseeing. This morning, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour takes in its historic centre, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! Wander the town’s serpentine streets with their charming houses and 18th-century mansions. This afternoon cruise along the Main River to Wurzburg.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Würzburg

Day
19

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Surrounded by steep, verdant vineyards, Würzburg is known as the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road' and makes an immediate impression with views of its beautiful Marienberg Fortress and 15th century Old Main Bridge. Today's guided sightseeing tour visits the magnificent Bishop's Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure, perhaps join the optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Main River Village

Day
20

Included today: Guided walk. On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Half timbered houses, narrow streets and medieval town centres, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer’s delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a guided walk.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge

Day
21

Included today: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Whilst in pretty Rüdesheim, a visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum is included, as well as free time to explore the Drosselgasse. Afterwards, sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, where it is thought the sweet songs of sirens lured enchanted sailors to their doom.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cologne

Day
22

Included today: Choice of Guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour. Cologne is one of Germany's largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent Gothic cathedral. This afternoon, choose between an included Guided City Walk or a 'Jewish Cologne' tour. The Old Town offers up a great choice of cafés, shops and taverns so be sure to try a Kölsch the favourite local beer and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original 'eau de cologne'.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam

Day
23

Included today: Canal cruise. This morning you arrive in Amsterdam. Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'. There's free time this afternoon to enjoy the city - your Cruise Director will have suggestions for things to do. If you are fit and feeling energetic, or perhaps join a biking optional excursion (weather permitting).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Day
24

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Athenee Palace Hilton

Built in 1914 and set in the heart of the city, Athénée Palace Hilton is perfect for visiting Bucharest's spectacular sights. This beautiful hotel boasts fantastic views of Revolution Square and is close to the former Royal Palace and Romanian Athenaeum. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location

    Located in central Bucharest, the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel is situated just a five-minute walk from many popular tourist attractions, shops, theatres, cafes and iconic sites. The Old Town is a short stroll away. 

  • Facilities

    • Three restaurants
    • Bar
    • Café bistro
    • Heated indoor swimming pool
    • Jacuzzi
Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest

Avalon Passion

The Avalon Passion accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Ship facts

  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 47
  • Number of cabins: 83
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 166 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2016

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Avalon Waterways do not accept bookings for children under 8. There are no special arrangements or activities on board for children and they cannot accept bookings from unaccompanied children under 18 years of age and any travellers under this age must share the adult’s accommodation.

Dietary Requirements

Avalon Waterways will try their best to accommodate dietary requirements if they are mentioned at the time of booking.

Disabled Facilities

Passengers must report any disability to Avalon before any reservation is made so that Avalon may advise whether they and/or their suppliers for any particular holiday are able to accommodate the passengers. Avalon may rely on the information provided to them by the passengers regarding the details of any disability in order to make a decision as to whether the passengers can be accommodated. Avalon will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled passengers, in accordance with the applicable laws.Not all sightseeing stops/sites accommodate wheelchairs and some locations and sightseeing activities require extensive standing, sitting or walking. Avalon is not responsible for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to participate within a group.All of the ships have lifts, however they do not service the SkyDeck. Additionally most stateroom doors and bathrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs, and bathrooms and other doorways may be fitted with coamings.For safety reasons passengers cannot be carried on ramps in ports when the ship is docked. In certain circumstances, they may ask that a disabled person or person with reduced mobility be accompanied by another person capable of providing any assistance required.

Dress Code

The dress code for dinner is casual and comfortable. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners give you a chance to dress up but are not formal.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is only allowed on the ships outside decks where ash trays are provided.

Deck Games Area

Relax after a long day and play a game with your fellow guests at the game area towards the rear of the deck.

Fitness Centre

The ship is fitted with a fully equipped Fitness Centre for you to release some tension.

Hairdressing Salon

Situated on the Royal Deck you might like to take advantage of the onboard hairdresser to indulge in a manicure or hair styling.

Sky Deck Whirlpool

The Sky Deck has a shade system, with premium loungers for luxurious relation. The warm Whirlpool is situated along side for when guests fancy a quick dip.

Club Lounge

Enjoy a quiet moment in the Club Lounge whilst enjoying a cappuccino.

Library

Guests will find a small Library onboard and guests may check out books from the ship's library free of charge. 

Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge on the Royal Deck, gives guests a prime view to enjoy the premium spirits.

Sky Lounge

On the Sun deck you will find the Sky Lounge, where you can relax and catch the sun's rays whilst enjoying a drink or snack from the nearby Sky Bistro. 

Internet Centre

Complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of computers or laptops is available to help you stay in touch with friends and family while you enjoy a coffee at the Internet Cafe. 

Shore Excursions

On shore, Avalon includes a great range of comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by knowledgable Certified Local Guides. They also provide individual personal audio headsets to ensure you still have the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.

If you'd like to experience something slightly off the beaten track, they offer unique alternative excursions in select destinations. In many cities they also give you a choice of sightseeing pace: 'Traditional' to see all the major sights, 'Leisurely' available on walking tours when you want to take it slower, and 'Independent' allowing you to explore on your own. Have a chat with your Cruise Director to learn about the available options.

They even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!

Dining Room

A spacious, open-seating dining room with elegant dining service and large panoramic windows is situated on the Sapphire deck. With an elegantly simple design, you can enjoy a full buffet breakfast or lunch with special options for those who wish to eat lightly, and delicious four-course dinners in the evening. 

Panorama Bistro & Lounge

The Panorama Lounge & Bistro, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows for a stunning view, offers a casual atmosphere for guests to enjoy a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.

Room Service

Room service is available for Continental breakfast & beverages.

Sky Bistro

On a sunny day, enjoy hand carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups, all a view courtesy of the Sky Bistro.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Fitness Centre
  • Deluxe Staterooms

Deck 2

  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro & Lounge
  • Bar
  • Internet Corner
  • Reception
  • Hair Salon
  • Club Lounge
  • Panorama Suites 
  • Royal Suites

Deck 3

  • Galley
  • Dining Room
  • Panorama Suites

Deck 4

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings
  • Deck Game Area

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